Program Overview

Family nurse practitioners provide primary care to patients throughout their lives.

As a student of this accelerated RN to MSN Nurse Practitioner program, you can continue to work while learning the advanced nursing practice and management skills you need to act as an autonomous primary care provider in a complex healthcare environment.

Much emphasis is placed on evidence-based research, clinical practice and the societal factors that affect quality care. You can complete your clinicals in your own home region under the guidance of your choice of preceptor. Once you complete one of these program tracks you are eligible to sit for the Adult-Gerontological, Primary Care NP national board certification examination.*

This RN to MSN Nurse Practitioner program dives deep into what it means to be a caregiver guided by faith. You don’t have to be a Christian to join the program. In fact, people from all faiths have reported enjoying the transformative instruction this program offers. It’s a unique opportunity to gain the wisdom and confidence you need to bring your best self to your practice from a spirit-mind-body perspective.

*Graduation does not guarantee certification

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Master

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

    Accelerated Degree: No

    Accreditation & Licensing

    North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

    Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)


    Admissions: Associate degree in nursing or diploma in nursing leading to RN licensure; Official transcripts; 3.0 GPA or higher (from the most recent 60 academic credits); Unrestricted, unencumbered, current nursing license from the state of employment (license must be kept current throughout the program); Two letters of recommendation; A two-page goal.

    Practicum/Clinical Requirements:  Minimum one year experience working as a registered nurse preferred; Evidence of current professional malpractice insurance (minimum $1/3 million prior to Senior Nursing Project); Compliance with all institutional requirements prior to Senior Nursing Project; CPR/BLS certification as required; Proof of TB testing, and any required immunizations; HIPAA training; and any additional requirements.

    An internship is required for this program. Convicted felons may be limited to the type of location or client population in which their internships may be conducted (in regulation with the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Health Care Organizations).

    School Overview

    Since 1873, Spring Arbor University has taken a unique approach in its interaction with and education of students. Though an academic institution, SAU is not solely focused on knowledge acquisition. In other words, SAU does not believe that knowledge and skill acquisition comprise the totality of an educated person. Rather, the institution is deeply invested in transforming students into becoming people of wisdom, which is achieved when a student is pushed beyond knowledge acquisition into knowledge application.

    Enjoy a relevant education with a real-life application of knowledge.

    One of the ways SAU delivers a relevant education is through the real-life application of knowledge. As a student of a master’s or bachelor’s degree programs, absorbing knowledge is the first step. Success lies in the direct implementation of knowledge to solve real-world challenges. SAU remains on constant alert to adapt online courses to new trends. This way, you learn not only the solid foundations of subject matter, but also the latest implementation strategies needed in this rapidly changing world.

    Take advantage of unparalleled support every step of the way.

    Spring Arbor University understands the importance of having a support network. In addition to instructors, staff and peers who know exactly what it’s like to be an adult online learner, you will be assigned your own Student Success Coach who will work with you on work-life balance, personal and professional development, career goals and more.


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